As you know, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has mandated that KSU and SPSU will merge. When I reported on this news first, I promised that I would post regular updates, and you may recall that I announced a few days ago the formation of the transition team.
The transition team received its charge from the Chancellor on Wednesday of this week. Dr Lisa Rossbacher, the President of SPSU, attended and has posted a brief report on the meeting on her web site. Her report is available at http://www.spsu.edu/officeofpresident/notesfrompresident/20131205note.htm. As you will see, the primary action items that came out of this meeting are for the transition team to start working on a mission statement for the new institution, decide on an organizational structure, and to start forming the working groups that will perform more detailed tasks, such as consolidation of academic programs, policies and procedures, and so on.
On December 14, SPSU will hold its 108th commencement. We are expecting to graduate almost 400 students, including around 100 from CSE. Scott M. Frank, president and CEO of AT&T Intellectual Property, will deliver the commencement address.
As has become customary, CSE will again host a reception for its graduating students and their friends and family on the Friday before. We will also use this occasion to ask our graduates to take the Pledge of the Computing Professional (http://www.computing-professional.org/).
On November 25, Nicklaus Rauch, a student in our MS program in Software Engineering, defended his Masters Thesis, entitled “Software as an Educational Resource”. The thesis describes iSight, a game designed specifically for kindergarten students, and an experiment to determine if the computer based game was better at teaching students than normal classroom activities. Preliminary results indicate that the computer based game is just as effective as a normal classroom activity, if not more so.
In addition to Nick, our congratulations are also due to his thesis committee, Dr Jon Preston, Dr Jeff Chastine and Dr Chao Peng.
As you know, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic will be consolidated in the fall of 2015. The first step to make this happen was for the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia to consult with the presidents of KSU and SPSU to create a consolidation team. He has now done so and the consolidation team has been appointed. You can see the names of the members of the team at http://www.spsu.edu/newsroom/news/Consolidation_Implementation_Committee_appointed.htm.
You will notice that Dr Jon Preston, the coordinator of our Computer Game Design and Development program and a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, is a member of the team. I have no doubt that the interests of computing will be well represented by Jon. Jon deserves both our congratulations for his appointment and commiserations because of the amount of work he will have to take on as member of the consolidation team.
One of the mechanisms that CSE uses to ensure that its programs continue to meet the needs of our various stakeholders is the use of Industry Advisory Boards (IAB). IABs are composed of members of the profession and often represent organizations that hire our graduates. CSE heavily relies on IABs for feedback on its current programs, and for possible future directions.
One of the stalwarts of the IAB for our Software Engineering programs has been Dr Lee George from Lockheed Martin. Dr George is retiring and will be succeeded on the SWE IAB by Dr David Gross, also from Lockheed Martin.
I wanted to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to Dr George for his service and to welcome Dr Gross to the board.
As you know, CSE has been involved in a number of initiatives in Ghana. One of them concerns a partnership with DITECH, a commercial training organization in Kumasi, under which DITECH teaches the transition courses for the MSIT program while CSE retains responsibility for assessing student performance.
I received this picture from Dr Patrick Bobbie, who is our primary contact in Ghana, of the first nine students enrolled in this program. Thanks are due to Dr Bobbie for facilitating this. In case you missed him, Dr Bobbie is the person in the background.
In a previous blog entry, I reported on the importance of peer review of research articles, and how it is an honor and recognition of one’s service to the academic research community when one is appointed to an editorial board.
In this context, I would like to acknowledge Dr CC Hung, who has just been appointed as an associate editor for the International Journal and Applied Mathematics and Informatics (http://www.naun.org/cms.action?id=3064). Dr Hung’s appointment reflects his growing reputation in the field of applied mathematics, algorithms theory, and computational complexity.
Dr Hung deserves our congratulations.